The Culture & Youth Commission

The motor vehicle has liberated the world. It’s vital that we safeguard our automotive heritage for future generations to enjoy, so the historical importance of this great leap in human achievement can be fully understood in decades and centuries to come.

In 2015, FIVA added ‘youth’ to the remit of the Culture Commission – because capturing the interest of the younger generation is essential to the survival of our mobile cultural heritage. The combination of culture and youth has worked well. After all, there’s far more to the historic vehicle world than simply driving an old machine: ownership broadens your outlook, creates a new circle of friends, and above all brings a huge amount of fun.

Aims and Objectives of the Commission

The Culture Commission is constantly looking at ways of protecting mobile cultural heritage as well as ways of spreading the message that it’s important to keep these vehicles in our everyday lives and on the roads. Hence the commission is focused on enhancing the dialogue with other institutions, non-governmental organisations (such as the UNESCO, TICCIH, ICOM, ICOMOS, and others), along with governmental organisations on an international and national level (through FIVA members), automobile manufacturers, designers, engineers, collectors, museums, etc.

Through articles, seminars, forums, symposiums and publications, and the popularisation of the FIVA Turin Charter, the commission is committed to the education of the general public, specifically the younger generations, encouraging them to understand the need to protect historic vehicles – into the future. It also deals with in-depth studies on the history and technology of the vehicles, as well as those who designed and built them and the social backdrop against which they were conceived. This includes the factories, fuel stations, garages, etc. that played a role in the history of automotive transport.

Commission Meetings

The Culture Commission meets at least four times a year and its members are in constant contact through emails. Open discussion and debate among its members make the work of the commission constructive and effective, with immediate results.

Members of the FIVA Culture and Youth Commission


Email: here


  • Mario De Rosa (D)
  • Maria Bussolati (I)
  • Keith Gibbins (UK)
  • Jochen Thoma (D)
  • Aleksandar Vidojković (SRB)
  • Peadar Ward (IRL)
  • Vincent Introvigne (B)
  • Giuseppe Genchi (I)
  • Rony Karam (RL) – UNESCO Ambassador

Guests & External Collaborators

  • Juergen Book – GLASURIT
  • Hubert Haberbusch (F)
  • Angelo Trakadas (GR)
  • Herman Sluiter (NL)
  • Nikolas Loumidis (GR)
  • Christian Schamburek (A)
  • Yeliz Balibey (T)

FIVA‘s Charter of Turin

Charter of Turin – In January 2013 FIVA enacted the Charter of Turin, a policy paper designated to preserve and safeguard the history of vehicles including their engineering, form, functions, and documented histories, and their many diverse relationships with society and social environments. Under documents, you will find the Charter as a pdf file in different languages.

The Charter of Turin Handbook – It is a booklet published by FIVA, which outlines a new way of looking at historic vehicles. It suggests they should not merely be seen as a hobby or toys for grown-up boys but rather as part of our cultural heritage. The Handbook also gives information on the restoration and preservation of historic vehicles. The Handbook was already distributed to attendees at the FIVA General Assembly in Bucharest on November 17, 2017 and to the media around the world.

Work in progress…

The Charter is a living document, that is why the Culture Commission has decided to revise the Handbook and prepare some updates.  The “retooled version” should be available by 2023. Pdf format will be available on FIVA webpages.

Notes and where to order a hard copy of the booklet:

Media copies of the Charter of Turin Handbook are still available at the Office . Please write to FIVA!

For more press information, or to speak to a FIVA representative for a specific country, please contact Gautam Sen, FIVA’s Vice President Communications on, +33(0) 6 87 16 43 39 (mobile), or +33(0) 1 53 19 14 20 (landline).


On this occasion, the FIVA Culture Commission would like to sincerely thank the authors for their contributions to the Handbook: Rodolphe Rapetti, Richard Keller, Thomas Kohler, Alfredo Zanellato Vignale, Lorenzo Morello, Roberto Loi and Gian Mario Mollar for coordinating the production.

Special thanks go to Keith Gibbins for editing the work and President of FIVA, Patrick Rollet, for all the support given to this initiative, as well as FIVA Official partners Motul, Pirelli and Glasurit. Courtesy Jürgen Book, Glasurit (, the Handbook contains an in-depth chapter on paint and paint processes.

Youth holds the future.

In 2015, during the General Assembly in Krakow, it was decided to add ‘Youth’ to the scope of the Culture Commission. Not only do young people hold the key to the future but getting familiar with trades and skills may work as an eye-opener to a useful and satisfying career in the classic vehicle sector. Hence FIVA works with professionals, from partner organisations and beyond, to find opportunities for coaching and passing on the valuable experience and the rich tradition of the past. Educational institutions are another target for combining ‘youth’ with ‘trade & skills’.

Working Group

Juan Jose Sevillano (Spain)
Marc Tarragona (Spain)
Marcello Bodini (Italy)
Desi Vasileva (Bulgaria)
Lamiaa Zinoune (Marocco)
Maximilien Rousselle (FR)
Emila Škrjanec (Slovenia)
Andia Kolshi (Albania)
Catarina Nogueira (Portugal)
Toon Van Den Broeck (Belgium)
Angelos Trakadas (Greece)
Vicente Sevillano (Spain)
Yeliz Inanc (Turkey)
Dorota Kuczma (Poland)
Morozov Ivan (Ukraine)
Shiraz Akbarally (Sri Lanka)
Vincent Introvigne (Belgium)
Marco Pigossi (Brasil)
Lybor Vykusa (CZ)
Erina Fukui (JP)
Bradley Martin (USA)

If you want to join our group, please contact Nataša G. Jerina, chairperson of the Culture and Youth commission at the following address:

Call for entries!

We look for innovative and bold photographs and paintings of historic vehicles in relation to Industrial heritage that express the importance of maintaining the classic vehicles on tomorrow’s roads.

  • 1st Category: Photography of industrial buildings, gas stations, garages,…, related to classics or industry&classics…
  • 2nd Category: Paintings/drawings of industrial buildings, gas stations, garages,…,  related to classics or industry&classics…
  • 3rd Category: Photography showing an owner with his/her historic vehicle

All works will be published on the FIVA social media using the same hashtags: #fiva_classic, #culture #youth #internationalyouthday #2023youth,…

Winners of each category should be announced by 30th September and receive publication of the project on the FIVA webpage and social media, presentation of the project at the FIVA General Assembly, normally held in November, FIVA book, FIVA vehicle plaque and a recognition diploma.

Every applicant needs to send an authorization agreement for FIVA to have the rights to use the material submitted for promotion and information on copyright owner(s) for material submitted that applicants do not have rights for.

Participants should send to by the end of August 2023 the application forms with pictures/ photos.

The new FIVA Culture Award

The Award celebrates and promotes best practices related to historic vehicle promotion, management, research, education and communication.

These include:

  • Raising awareness of the specific heritage values that historic vehicles represent
  • Recognise achievements in services that protect mobile heritage
  • Encourage a greater appreciation of the cultural impact of historic vehicles

The Culture Awards would comprise the following three categories:

  • EDUCATION, TRAINING and the raising of AWARENESS

How to make a nomination?

Anyone is free to make a nomination (not just FIVA members), as long as the entry is submitted no later than 31st August each year. Please send the application to and

Further details, guidelines and entry forms:


The FIVA Culture Award for raising awareness was assigned to the municipality of Nova Gorica, for its efforts in preserving and promoting the cultural heritage of historic motoring.

Another FIVA Culture Award was assigned to Mr. Marco Ocana, for his outstanding efforts in promoting historic vehicle culture in Mexico


This year winners:

– for the research category “Forgotten Antique Motorcycle” exhibition, organized by Juris Ramba –  Latvia: The challenge to research and prepare all the material relating to the was clearly a major undertaking. The successful result fully aligns with the FIVA Preservation and Promotion objectives.

– for the Dedicated Service category: The Dirriyah Annual Classic Car Festival, with the involvement of all regions of the Kingdom and the Arab Gulf Countries, is a cultural highlight that fully aligns with FIVA’s global objectives.

– For the Education, Training, and Awareness-Raising category:  The project for advanced technical education and training “Istruzione e Formazione Tecnica Superiore” shows all the attributes we would expect for a winner in this category and fully aligns with FIVA’s global objectives. Including bringing young technicians into our movement

CONGRATULATIONS to all participants, not only the winners of the fourth-year edition of FIVA Culture awards!


At the 2020 annual FIVA General Assembly, held virtually, the CC the following initiatives:

  1. Rootes Archive Center
  2. Hubert Haberbusch
  3. Alberto Lenz Krahl


At the 2019 annual FIVA General Assembly in Limassol, Cyprus, the CC awarded the winners of the three categories. Discover more here

Documents of the FIVA Culture Commission

The downloadable documents of the Culture & Youth Commission and the other commissions can be found here.

Also, the updates on EU regulations that might or will affect the use of historic vehicles and youngtimers can be found there.

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